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John Ioannides

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National express rota
« on: January 23, 2017, 11:13:29 PM »
Hi all! This is my first time on the forum.
I've recently gotten through the interview and assessment day for a trainee driver for NX (coach).
I've very excited and also a bit apprehensive of a change of job..
All reviews I've read of NX seem to imply that there's no work life balance and if you've a family then stay away from this job.
Can anyone help me by shedding some light on what the rota is like , how easy is it to put in holidays, etc
I have been told it is 4 or 5 day weeks, how often do days off fall on weekends, (if ever).
Any help will be great.
I will be based at Go north east in Chester le street, Durham.

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Re: National express rota
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2017, 11:41:44 PM »
<Tongue slightly in cheek> If you want a family life, then don't drive a coach unless you want to specialise in school or works contracts.

On NatEx work, you will be put on a rota so at least you will know a few weeks in advance what days you are likely to be working. As for altering your days off, that depends, as it always does in these circumstances, on how well you get on with your colleagues and the office staff. This suits some people, but would rapidly drive me up the wall. Also bear in mind that on social media, people are a lot more likely to have a moan than say how much they love their job.

Just be aware that NatEx operate 24/7, including Christmas day, so there are often chances to take some of the less popular shifts if you want to go to a school event or a birthday party and it fits in with a night shift. Just make sure you are fully rested when you arrive at work.
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Re: National express rota
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2017, 08:51:22 AM »
Hello John. As John W has said, IF a rota operates then you can at least plan ahead, while bearing in mind that last minute changes can and do happen.
The last firm that I worked for that did Nat ex operated a 6 days on then 2 off system. The rider to this was that every 6 weeks you got a 4 days off together, which included a weekend.
Every firm that contracts to Nat ex will have a different system in place. Also, remember that your working day can be up to 13 hours long as the norm, and up to 15 hours twice a week.
Also, because of the way that the routes can be scheduled, some firms will require you to be away overnight. The firm should provide you with overnight accommodation, which can vary enormously. My last firm also paid for breakfast, but no evening meal was provided. This was when I stopped doing Nat ex by the way.
I suggest you compile a list of questions, and ask them sooner rather than later.


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Re: National express rota
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2017, 09:24:04 AM »
I assume from your OP that you are looking at joining NatEx owned operations as a Trainee ??

The various depots operate very large rosters, Stansted the biggest.

NatEx are very big on compliance, especially within their owned operations and usually insist that a 45 hour break is taken every week.

The rosters from what I can recall will have at least 2 consecutive days off, so whilst you will only get a complete weekend off every couple of months, you will get 2 days off every week.

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Re: National express rota
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2017, 09:43:20 AM »
Yes I am joining as a trainee..
The information I have been given says it'll be a 4 or 5 day week and explains expenses etc..
The long hours don't really bother me as I'm currently juggling two jobs meaning I leave home at 530 and don't always get in until 7ish. And rarely get a full day off a week.. so two full days off will be like a holiday!
It would be interesting if any one from Chester le Street is on here and knows how their 4/5 day rota works?
Thanks everyone for their input so far it really helps..

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Re: National express rota
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2017, 05:21:08 PM »
Chester le Street, would mean Go North East who operate services for NatEx, not National Express owned operations, so my comment about 2 days off in a row might not be accurate.

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Re: National express rota
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2017, 08:32:58 PM »

NatEx are very big on compliance, especially within their owned operations and usually insist that a 45 hour break is taken every week.

They are very big on compliance in all aspects of the job, probably because of the many utterly stupid things they have had drivers do over the years. So it is wise to make sure you are working completely by the book as they will have you removed from the network for even minor indiscretions. Not that this has happened to me (on the couple of stretches I've done NX shifts for contracted operators) but it's what I have seen and heard happen to other NX drivers. Just a friendly word of advice :-) Best of luck.
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Re: National express rota
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2017, 09:54:01 PM »
I am often overtaken by the big express coaches on the dual carriageways and have wondered why they get away with high speed driving.I was going along in foggy conditions and had reined it in a bit when Captain Courageous comes flying past me.Are the drivers being put under pressure to keep to impossible schedules.

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Re: National express rota
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2017, 08:20:10 AM »
It's a few years now since I worked on NX schedules.
There was never any pressure applied to keep to tight schedules.
In-vehicle trackers were few then.
When running late all I had to do was phone in with my estimated delay. I would report a 30 minute delay as 40 or 45 mins. Never a difficult question asked.
They did object though to NOT being told.
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Re: National express rota
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2017, 04:41:18 PM »
I am often overtaken by the big express coaches on the dual carriageways and have wondered why they get away with high speed driving.I was going along in foggy conditions and had reined it in a bit when Captain Courageous comes flying past me.Are the drivers being put under pressure to keep to impossible schedules.

This also baffles me. With all the telematics systems operators (especially the large ones) put on their coaches to measure every thing from idling time to hard acceleration & braking, they can not have it both ways 

Having said that, with the amount of cash passengers pay for season tickets on the London - Kent commuter coach services, I am not surprised when these come roaring past me on the A2.
Ken